IMDb: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.
White-washing controversies aside, I want to be blunt and say I totally enjoyed this film. That is why I am absolutely surprised by the ratings it has been getting, which are lower than what I think it deserves.
I have seen the original twice, before watching this film as well as after seeing it for comparison. Yes, nothing beats the original, as what purists would predictably say. But this film, with its stunning visuals and a few solid tweaking in the storyline, stands on its own.
There’s so much more to appreciate in this film than what the negative reviews make out of it. I personally think the concept and design of the highly modern world in the movie is spectacular (3D hologram effects and all).
The choreography of fight scenes is perfect. I love love love the first 5 minutes of it — its first action sequence with the robotic geisha gone rogue. THAT was super cool.
There are, however, some things to harp on such as Johansson’s too angsty-stiff portrayal of Major (take it from a die-hard Scarjo fan) as well as the absurd and unnecessary part where the Japanese-speaking Section 9 Chief Aramaki doesn’t get any Nihongo responses from the other characters. Well, at least, the character Aramaki is a hundred times likable in this film. Thanks to the portrayal of the amazing Japanese actor/director Takeshi Kitano, chief Aramaki is more of a father-figure to the Major rather than a cold and restrained boss in the anime version. I’ve actually let out some muted yaaaaaaasssssssss!!! during scenes where he’s a total bad ass.
Danish actor Pilou Asbæk was a very good Batou. The portrayal of his relationship towards Major was super spot on. I was grinning from ear to ear. (Fun fact: he was also in the ScarJo movie Lucy!) Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet was incredible, as per usual. Peter Ferdinando as Hanka CEO Cutter and resident bad guy was very impressive in his own sinister take on the character. And good lord, Michael Pitt. All I can say is, RISE KING! I love you and all of your movies and I hope you make more and more movies. Lol I’m embarrassing.
This movie may not fall in the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, but this is certainly a lot more entertaining and satisfying than some of the “higher-rated” movies I’ve seen.by